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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Autumn Seasonal beer is a traditional Maerzen style lager. We use eight types of imported German malts and four hop varieties to create this amber-colored fest beer.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002)
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timtim

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

poured from a 2007 batch bottled on 8/20/07. poured darker than expected. almost brown with orangy highlights. little head. little lace. maybe i'm a rookie, but the malt smell is overpowering and it seems like the malt is roasted to burnt. hops in the background. the cooked malt does give it a kind of interesting coffee tinge. descent body but i'm just not fond of the malt used in this one, which makes it a hard drink for me.

09-01-2007 23:53:28 | More by timtim
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droomyster

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +2%

Pours a clear, reddish copper with one and a half fingers of craggy, light tan foam. Toasted lager aromas are a bit more subdued than those of many of its kin; a touch of earthiness walks in the background. The taste, on the other hand, is solidly consistent with the style. Tons of toastiness dominate the front palate, with a bit of woody hops entering the middle. Notes of whole wheat bread are quite strong. The finish resembles the taste of artificial coffee sweeteners, but is not so overpowering that it ruins the flavor. The overall impression of that of an interestingly toasty but overly sweet beer that needs more IBUs to find its balance.

09-17-2010 04:08:41 | More by droomyster
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-24-2012 23:08:54 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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Dithyramb

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%

Sampled on tap at Mahaffey's in Baltimore.

Pours a slightly hazy penny colo with a creamy light tan head. Dropped down to a nice spotty lacing.

Roast toasty malts and spicy malts on the nose,

Has a gentle sweet malt flavor, like thick chewy German bread. It has a slight bitterness in the spicy hops that combines very well. Both flavors mingle well in the mouth for the aftertaste.

Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Very creamy and pleasing. Worth having quite a few.

10-11-2004 13:40:50 | More by Dithyramb
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DruC4

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-11-2012 08:08:35 | More by DruC4
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

date reviewed: 31 January 2013...
glassware: standard pilsner...
occasion: last 30 Rock ever...cannot quantify the sadness...
appearance: ambitiously bubbling copper body with a thcik, fluffy off-white head--sediment seems present...
aroma: pleasantly malty; sharply incisive at the throat--not a boring stand-still lager....
palate: short notes: mellow and smooth, nice a nice cigar...
taste: pearish, fruity, and surprisingly complex....some of it works, some of it trifles...
overall: a pleasant beer to experience and revisit--quite a sessionable drink...

05-05-2013 04:48:56 | More by dacrza1
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%

Anber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is faint caramel.Taste is sweet caramel and toasty malts.Overall a decent beer that I would drink again but not actively seek out.I think this is worth at least one try.Like I've said before there are way too many other beers to try!!

10-10-2008 05:24:30 | More by matty
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

10-28-2012 00:39:36 | More by FrankShirley
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Morakaton

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-01-2013 04:23:26 | More by Morakaton
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Flying Fish OktoberFish.

A: Slightly hazy amber with particles and three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a few minutes or more. Okay lacing.

S: Malt. Bread. A bit grassy. Mild overall.

T: Light sweetness and subtle bitterness. Toasted and caramel malt. Grassy hops, but mild. Matches the nose.

M: Medium bodied with a sort of bite. Medium carbonation. Not bad.

O: Overall, this was pretty good. It's as shame the aroma and taste were a bit mild. I liked the Flying Fish better.

10-14-2011 23:50:34 | More by SolipsismalCat
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a copper color into my glass with a sustaining 2-fingers thick of head that is white to a light tan in color. Body is somewhat hazy as well.

Aroma reminds me a lot of butterscotch as well as a white grapes or maybe even slight apple aroma. IT actually reminds me a bit of cider.

Flavors of caramel along with a crisp earthy hops hit my palate. Some slight fruit also comes out of this one, but rather bland honestly.

Very crisp and carbonation tingles my tongue a lot up front. Slight oily finish though.

Overall drinkability would be higher if a little less sweet I think. I really like Dominion brews, but this one misses the mark a little in my opinion. It'd make a solid session brew for a crisp autumn night though.

09-08-2008 23:49:43 | More by Fish113d
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bconsidine

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-04-2012 13:57:55 | More by bconsidine
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -24.7%

A-Amber/brown and slightly hazy. 1/2 inch head from a semi-aggressive pour fell to a thin ring and coat in no time. Had a little lacing that followed the beer back down the glas after a swirl.

S-This is this beers best quaility. malts, coffee, caramel, yeast, bread, quite interesting.

T&M-buiscuit malts, a littel yeast, maybe a little hop but not much. Acidic finish and a little sour. Way to fizzy carbonation and watery light body

D-I really couldn't have more than two of these bad boys and I certainly wouldn't persue it for purchase.

Overall-A beer club selection for the season. I am not too familair with this style. I hope I did not bash the beer too hard if it is true to style.

12-07-2006 17:32:01 | More by jackorain
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jp312

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

11-04-2012 21:47:14 | More by jp312
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured chilled from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date of August 28, 2003. ABV listed on label (5.4%) differs from the one listed in the database

Appearance: Dark, burnished copper color. Very clear with a nice beige head with little retention.

Smell: Not very aromatic. Very faint floral hop smell. Not much of a malt presence at all.

Taste: Toasted and caramel malt sweetness. Slight amount of bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp. Very little aftertaste or astringency.

Drinkability: More character than SA's O-fest (and local for me). Quite potable. I only wish I had some bratwurst handy.

09-04-2003 03:23:43 | More by ManekiNeko
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Atlas1

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Honestly, I'm becoming a little marzened out. It's shameful, I know, because it's only October 3rd, but I've already saturated my palate with so many Octoberfest beers this season that I've simply begun to lose interest. Still, I have a few left in the fridge that need a proper write-up. So here goes....

This one pours a bright copper color with a thin, one-finger, slightly off-white head that dissipates quickly but does leave behind trace elements of a hazy lace. The nose is standard issue malty marzen scented. Nice, but nothing spectacular. I get some spices in the aroma as well, although everything is muted just enough to remain undiscernable. It tastes good, but again nothing extraordinary here. Malty and spicy, with some nutmeg and faint orange peel. This flavor is actually the highlight of the beer, which I suppose is a good thing. Mouthfeel is firm, but a tad watery at times.

On the whole the folks at Old Dominion have produced another fine craft brewed beer. It's not great, and there is nothing about this Octoberfest beer that would stand out in a crowd, but it's solid and holds its own. I'd put back a couple of these at the bar if it were on tap, but I won't likely run out next year looking to find it.

10-03-2007 23:20:54 | More by Atlas1
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wahhmaster

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light brown/amber color. It has a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell: Smells really malty with a hint of hoppiness. A bit of grassiness comes out as well.

Taste: An interesting take on the Oktoberfest style. Has a sweet maltiness to it that brings to mind apple or grape juice. A bit of hoppy bitterness in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: A little thin with slightly too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly an interesting Oktoberfest. This one doesn't really taste like others of the style but it's still worth tasting.

10-08-2009 14:16:53 | More by wahhmaster
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%

This year’s version features a much more heavily toasted malt character than in past vintages. In fact, the palate has almost smokey character. Sure there are nice hints of caramel and grain, but the slightly smokey, deeply toasted malt is the real star of this brew.

Dominion always manages to produce an above-average and enjoyably drinkable Octoberfest, and with the mild but unexpected smokiness, this year’s version is no exception.

Recommended…

09-14-2007 04:02:44 | More by arguemaniac
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kshankar

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%

Copper pour with a white head, decent retention

Aroma is of malts...not much else going for it. Rather mild

Taste is malty with little else going on. It has a slightly hoppy finish, but not enough..the malts end up being the major part of the already mild flavor profile

Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation

Well its drinkable..its not the best marzen out there, but I could easily have another one. And really, it isn't all that bad. I've just had better.

10-31-2009 08:25:43 | More by kshankar
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Slightly dark amber, small head that disappears quickly. Bland nose with little malty or hoppy notes...similar to other styles by OD, this one has hints of butter beneath the water odor. Lagerish taste, malt and hops are blended well, but nothing exciting is happening here. Then again, nothing bad is happening either. There is a bit of roughness at the edges and toward the end of the taste. The butteriness makes it presence known without being overly assertive. Mouthfeel is thin. Despite these shortcomings, it isn't unpleasant and is an easy to quaff brew. But why?

10-20-2005 19:58:54 | More by pentathlete
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brewerburgundy

California

2.6/5  rDev -27%

12oz bottle, glass jar, bottled 8/17/13.

It's a nice, deep orange amber. The head is loose bubbles and doesn't have much staying power.

Aroma is slightly grainy and lager-like; barely there.

It's a bit nutty with a little of the herbal numbing noble hop in the tail end. Dry cracker yeast. There isn't an abundance of flavor either.

Typical lager lightness and effervescence.

My overall impression is typical low-flavor lager with more caramel or maybe Munich malt added.

09-14-2013 21:41:45 | More by brewerburgundy
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sweethome

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +18%

One of 4 mid-atlantic fest beer tasting. (with Victory, Flying Dog and Starr Hill)

Pours a light copper color. Nice lacing. Beautiful marzen nose of sweet malts. Nutty. Nice smooth entry. Very traditional taste of rich malts and just the slightest hint of spicy noble hops. Mouthfeel is soft, but rounded. Fills out the palate nicely.

So easily drinkable. A really nice fest beer that would serve well for a fall evening session beer. Well done.

09-22-2010 00:32:53 | More by sweethome
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EFR94

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-24-2012 02:14:53 | More by EFR94
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mzeld

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.7%

08-31-2012 02:51:26 | More by mzeld
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Poured a cloudy brown with orange highlights and a medium off-white head. Good carbonation and head retention.

S - Smells of spiced malt with hops lingering in the background...all scents are on the mild side.

T - Not as strong as I had hoped. Some fruity notes atop the caramel-malt, but not enough to make a strong presence. Finishes with citrus-hops.

M - Thin body with an aftertaste that starts mildly bitter, but ends a little sour.

D - Stands out, but not in a very positive way. I had picked up 6 different beers from the brewery, and this was the most disappointing...but I'd still suggest picking one up; if for no other reason, than to compare it to other Marzens.

02-15-2007 02:07:38 | More by JohnnyM2002
Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.